A relatively high rate of emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric disorders occurs among children and adolescents in the United States, and often these disorders are treated with various types of psychotropic medications. A review of the literature about adolescent medication self-management reveals limited information, especially for adolescents, with psychiatric disorders. Self-management appears to be the safest and most accurate method of managing a medication regimen, especially for psychotropic drugs. This study examined an intervention to increase skills for self-management of psychotropic medications prescribed for post traumatic stress disorder with adolescents who lived in a residential program for emotionally disturbed adolescents.
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